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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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RiverFolk Concerts presents Christine Lavin

HONESDALE, PA — Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. From difficult men (and women) to today’s fads, trends and headlines, her songs skewer our lives and foibles. While she can move easily to poignant and reflective songs such as “Roses from the Wrong Man” and “Another New York Afternoon,” audiences come to her concert wanting to laugh.

Lavin invites people to join her in a knitting circle before the show.  Read more

DVAA fundraisers slated

DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Two fundraising parties to benefit the Delaware Valley Art Alliance (DVAA) are scheduled for June. Savor the Arts with an Opera and Chamber Music Flair will be hosted by Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin with Meyerson, a mezzo soprano, performing with Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola, on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m., 544 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY. A $25 donation includes a concert, hors d’oeuvres and wine.  Read more

Shwizz and Fikus come to The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Shwizz, a prog-rock/funkadelic jazz band out of Nyack will be returning to the Nutshell Arts Center on June 8 along with River Vale, NJ based electro-funk rock group Fikus. Collabonation Productions brings this duo back to the Catskills for another night of live music. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission costs $10. Visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

History museum to welcome ‘Ben Franklin’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Ben Franklin” visits the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, June 8 to teach visitors how he built his famous “electrifying” kite as a month-long series of Scout Weekends continues throughout the month of June. Historic instructions (with some modern supplies and adaptations) will be provided for the hands-on craft making experience.  Read more

Original poster art auctioned for Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — Twenty -five artists’ original “Gig Posters,” created to promote Honesdale’s annual Roots & Rhythm Music and Art Festival, will be shown during a weeklong art exhibit that begins with an open house and an opportunity to meet the artists on June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Hanson Gallery. The posters will be on display through June 14 and will be auctioned off on Saturday, June 15 during the music festival. Proceeds will help keep Roots & Rhythm alive in Honesdale. The Hanson Gallery is located at 1037 Main St.  Read more

Fireflies in a jar

There are some things that, no matter how old I get, make me feel like a kid again. Regardless of how much I might have whined a few months ago, the first snowfall of the season still conjures up memories of racing outside to catch flakes on my tongue and mom stirring cocoa on the stove. Watching the darling buds of May emerge continues to mesmerize, as I attempt to catch their steady progression into full flower with my trusty camera at the ready.  Read more

What to make of Grandma Michele; Spreading the power of happiness

Michele Schuchman is a free spirit who marches to her own drumbeat, as many people in and around the Upper Delaware River Valley can tell you. Perhaps you’ve seen her in full costume, marching in a parade, or at a local event somewhere, or engaging an audience of children in conversation with her ever-present puppets. She is perhaps better known only as “Grandma Michele,” someone that (if you were writing a novel) would be a somewhat odd character who provides “local color.” Grandma Michele definitely provides color.  Read more

Lake Huntington News June 6

Are you ready? Cochecton’s fifth annual “Day on the Lake,” co-sponsored by Lake Huntington Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, July 13 this year, rain or shine. We need your support to create this great event with its many activities for the kids and the entire family. We’re asking for your help with donations of funds, products and/or gift certificates to make this event a great success. (Your donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Cochecton Day on the Lake Fund and mail to: Jeff Nober, 15 Olsen Rd., Lake Huntington, NY 12752.)  Read more

The dreamer

When he was younger, my son would pepper me with questions about how to do things. “How can I make a one-man flying machine?” was one that piqued his interest early on—enough so that he bypassed Mom’s knowledge base and went straight to the President of the United States (then Bill Clinton). Bill wrote back, telling Conor that NASA was working hard on things like that and that Conor should study hard and stay in school. But Conor was a dreamer. He was a creative kid who could be kept happy and busy with a lump of Sculpey clay or a pencil and a pad of paper.  Read more

Lake Huntington News May 30

What a weekend—freezing, windy and raining. Try having a yard sale for four days. We sold some of my mother’s stuff but not much. It is very sad and hard to clean out her house. Speaking of my mom’s house, it is a four-bedroom in the business district of Narrowsburg and it’s for sale. If you’re interested, email me.  Read more

Two decades of breeding on the Upper Delaware

People who come to visit the Upper Delaware region frequently want to know where they can see eagles. Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) can be found year round in the region, with winter being the better time due to the influx of migrant eagles from Canada. They can also be seen in the summer, but most of these are resident breeding eagles and their offspring, which fledge in early July.  Read more

Pre-season gala for Forestburgh arts center

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Mardi Gras in June” will be the theme of the pre-season fundraiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to be held on Saturday, June 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Forestburgh Playhouse. The evening will feature previews of the opening productions of “The Odd Couple” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Be Our Guest: Our Favorite Music from Disney.”  Read more

‘Savor the Arts’ with opera/chamber music

BETHEL, NY — A recital benefit performance for The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The Delaware Valley Opera will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin, 544 Hurd Rd.

The concert will feature works by Brahms, Frank Bridge and others, along with arias from “Carmen” and “Samson and Delilah.” Featuring mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson, Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola.  Read more

Movie made in Sullivan County to show in film festival

MIDDLETOWN, NY — A feature film, “Knuckle Jack,” which was shot entirely in Sullivan and Orange counties by Roscoe locals, will be screening at the Paramount Theater as part of the Hoboken International Film Festival on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $11.  Read more

Kidzstock in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kidzstock, a day to enjoy family, faith and friends with the community, will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Honesdale High School Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 per child and $3 per adult (children one and under are admitted free). There will be a rock wall, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tractor rides, sensory tent, live entertainment, Army vehicles and more.  Read more

A Narrowsburg Night Out

NARROWSBURG, NY — David Driver will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre as part of Narrowsburg Night Out. Before the concert, prix fixe dinners will be offered starting at 6 p.m. at local restaurants Gerard’s River Grill (845/252-6562) and The Heron (845/252-3333).

Performing material originated by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson, as well as lesser-known artists like Scott Walker and Judee Sill, Driver will be joined by Blythe Gruda, Peter Kiesewalter, Ian Pai and a few surprise guests.  Read more

Pike Arts and Crafts presents pottery demo

MILFORD, PA — Potter and Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) member Dana Drake will be demonstrating wheel thrown pottery on Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall. She will explain the process of pottery making and allow people to try their hand at it. She will also be bringing many of her finished pieces to show and sell for the afternoon.  Read more

Mixed media paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mixed media paintings by French artist Ishwar Malleret will be on exhibit at the River Gallery, The Art of Living at 8 Main St., through July 10.

Mallerett says of his work, “When I start painting, I often have no preconceived idea of what is about to be painted… My technique consists of stepping out of my comfort zone and diving into the inner worlds… I like to be surprised by the extraordinary wonders of these new unexplored territories.”

Call 845/252-3238 or visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

‘Down the Garden Path’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Down the Garden Path,” an exhibit heralding the coming season of cultivation, featuring original works of art by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, will be presented at The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from June 1 through the 30.

There will be an artists’ opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Abstract/surrealist art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — A collection of works titled “Coloration” by abstract/surrealist artist Doug Gilbert, will be exhibited at The Gallery at Chant Realtors during June. Gilbert’s abstract and surrealist paintings are done on paper, canvas or wood. The opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through June 29, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.